A growing body of research has highlighted spacing and interleaving as two of the best learning strategies a student can use for memory retention. Due to their vital role in exam success, a rising number of students and teachers are keen to implement these strategies into their revision or classroom.
However, as students try to come to grips with their understanding of these strategies, scientific research into interleaving and spacing continues to expand. This can result in some confusion, with many in education wondering if spacing and interleaving are just the same thing.
The short answer is no. For a more detailed answer, we went through the research to help you understand the differences between spacing and interleaving, how each of them works and when to implement them.
Most people have probably heard about cognitive, or ‘thinking’ biases. For example, people with and Optimism Bias, tend to be overly optimistic and overestimate the likelihood of good things happening, whereas those with an Egocentric Bias recall the past in a way that reflects better on them than what actually happened. They don’t sound too harmful, right?
However, these thinking biases could be having more of an effect on us than we might realise, especially because many of us may be suffering from the bias blind spot. This is, ironically, when we believe that other people are more likely to have biases than ourselves.
We found 7 cognitive biases that affect many students’ classroom learning, independent study, and feelings. Keep reading to find out more about them and some top tips for teachers and parents to help students overcome them.